YouTube Broadcasts Post-Heath Care Summit Q&A

Author: Bradford Schmidt
Published: February 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Yesterday's seven hour health care summit was broadcast by YouTube on their CitizenTube channel. While it was impossible for all but the most hardcore political junkies to sit through, they've just posted some interesting post-summit answers to user questions.

YouTube selected the five top questions or ideas submitted during the broadcast, then posed them to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Responses were video taped, and appear below. According to the YouTube blog, the questions were as follows:

1. What is the explicit reasoning behind mandating the purchase of healthcare services? - Chris, University of Florida

2. Do you believe that healthcare is a right, or that health insurance is a right? - Brian, Student

3. Thompson Reuters had performed a study in which they concluded that 40% of healthcare waste was from unnecessary care. Unnecessary care is primarily a result of a fear of being sued, aka malpractice. What is being done to address malpractice? - JatPat, Chicago, IL

4. Why not quit artificially limiting the market? Stop tying health insurance to employers and increase the market dramatically. Allow insurance providers to sell across state lines and increase it even more. The larger the market the lower the price. - crodgers1981, Lincoln, NE

5. All people voting on these bills should be required to personally read the entire bill before being allowed to vote on it. It is ridiculous that these bills are thousands of pages long. Bills should be written in clear language. - Blinn, Illinois


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